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MEMORIAL INSTITUTE HOSTS FOURTH ANNUAL 9/11 AND APRIL 19TH EXCHANGE APRIL 17-20

04/15/2005

OKLAHOMA CITY - Together the exchange members will commemorate Murrah Building bombing tenth anniversary by attending the Oklahoma City National Memorial's remembrance ceremony and other activities. Peer support for those affected by both tragedies is this year's focus.

The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) will honor of exchange participants with a dinner Monday April 18, 7:00 pm in the MIPT Terrorism Information Center. September Space will present MIPT with a large mural made by 9/11 family members, survivors and rescue workers. The MIPT Outreach Committee will symbolize their wishes of continued support to the World Trade Center United Family Group and September Space with engraved plaques made of granite from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building. The dinner is by invitation only, but open to the media. MIPT is in the Old Journal Record Building, 621 N. Robinson Ave.

The tradition of exchange began when family members and survivors worked in the New York City Family Assistance Center after 9/11. Oklahoma emergency workers assisted at Ground Zero in rescue and recovery. The first exchange took place April 19, 2002 and has continued since then for each 9/11 and April 19th anniversary.

Both September Space and World Trade Center United Family Group began after September 11, 2001 attacks. September Space is a volunteer organization committed to long-term care that provides a place of healing for those directly affected by the attacks. The World Trade Center Family United Group provides peer emotional support to 9/11 families, survivors and rescue workers, protects the legacy and memory of the September 11th attacks victims, ensures authentic perpetuation of the historic events and promotes civic participation.

The National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) in Oklahoma City was created as a living memorial to those who were killed, those who survived and those who were changed forever by the Murrah Federal building bombing on April 19, 1995. MIPT seeks to prevent terrorism or mitigate its effects by assisting and supporting the emergency responder community.

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